Mornington Peninsula: Sorrento Ocean Beach, Victoria

 

Sorrento Ocean Beach

Sorrento Ocean Beach

Last night Alex and I spent the night in a tent, camped on the foreshore of Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula.

Today is going to be a stinking hot 41 degree (celcius) day.  Considering the hot day ahead, our plan is to pack up camp, have breakfast, visit the Rosebud market and then head to Sorrento Ocean Beach before the main heat of the day kicks in.

We had had a fair night’s sleep on our blow up mattress which has kept us off the ground for the most part.

I head to the main toilet block for a shower (which thankfully is pretty clean).  My leisurely shower is designed to enable Alex to get a good start on dismantling the tent before I return… bugger… I obviously didn’t take long enough and there is still work to be done back at camp…so I begin helping Alex dismantle the remains of our tent and pack up the car.  I hate this bit…

Our enpty campsite at Sorrento

Our enpty campsite at Sorrento

With our campsite now cleared out, we head north along Point Nepean Road to the main shops of Rosebud.  The shops here have a reasonable offering of eating optiions and we find a café for a basic breakfast of french toast and pies. 

The Rosebud market is our next stop which is literally across the road from the Rosebud shops.  The market is in full swing and has a large offering of second hand items and hand made things.

Alex decides he wants to buy about 8 things, all of which are completely useless (useless to us – no offence to the stall-holders). Yeah right Alex… like you need this stuff?

Back in the car we head south, back past our campsite, continuing along Point Nepean Highway for another 20 minutes until we reach the beachside town of Sorrento.

Sorrento according to Wikipedia:

“Sorrento is a township in Victoria, Australia, located on the shores of Port Phillip on the Mornington Peninsula, about one and a half hours south of Melbourne. It is a largely upper-class, seaside resort area, but is also a quiet seaside township in the off-peak months of the year.”

Yes, this is a slightly more up-market beach location and having stayed in the area previously we decide to pass through, heading direct to the back beach of Sorrento known as Sorrento Ocean Beach. 

Sorrento Ocean Beach is reached by continuing through Sorrento, following the road as it does a 90 degree left turn and becomes Ocean Beach Road.  Continuing to the end of Ocean Beach Road brings you to the entrance booth for the national park and the entrance to Sorrento Ocean Beach.  Sadly for us, the “car park full” sign is out but, just as we are about to turn around and head home, we are ushered through the booth area and make our way down to the car park.

Sorrento Ocean Beach according to Parks Victoria

“Sorrento Ocean Beach is located around 1.5km south of the town of Sorrento. The beach is a popular location for activities such as surfing, swimming, walking and exploring the rockpools at low tide.

The beach is patrolled on summer weekends and holidays. Please swim between the flags as ocean beaches are dangerous for swimming.

Facilities at the site include a large car park and picnic area with toilets. A café and kiosk is available year round and also caters for functions and weddings.

A short 0.5km circuit track from the lifesaving club to the lookout rotunda provides excellent views along the coast. Add 1.2km loop to Sphinx Rock.

Coppins track, which starts at the kiosk, is a three kilometre guided historic walk that winds along the cliff tops to Diamond Bay tracing the history of the area over the last 100 years. The track follows sections of the original 1800s limestone paved footpath. Numbered pegs along the track correspond with the Looking Back on Coppins park note and lead you to several lookouts with spectacular coastal scenery.”

The day is already heating up and the beach is packed. 

Sorrento Ocean Beach is a popular spot today

Sorrento Ocean Beach is a popular spot today

I am determined to fit in a beach walk along the water’s edge and head off on my own…later guys. 

Sorrento Ocean Beach

Sorrento Ocean Beach

The rest of our group split to do separate activities.  My brother and his mate take to the water for some body surfing while Alex and my brother’s girlfriend head to the comfort of the café which offers shade and excellent views over Sorrento Ocean Beach.

View of Sorrento Ocean Beach from the cafe

View of Sorrento Ocean Beach from the cafe

After my walk I stop and join the others for a final drink in the cafe to take in the view myself.

View from the cafe over Sorrento Ocean Beach

View from the cafe over Sorrento Ocean Beach

Its now early afternoon and we decide its time to get home to the air-conditioning and make sure Meow Meow isn’t dying on this stinking hot Melbourne day… we’re coming Meow Meow.

The Mornington Peninsula makes for a great weekend break because of its close proximity to and easy access from Melbourne, whether you choose to camp on the foreshore down at Rosebud like us or rent a holiday house.  Whichever way you roll…enjoy.

For previous Mornington Peninsula post see Mornington Peninsula: Rosebud, Victoria

 

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